So you’ve made the move to Omaha! We think you’ve made a very wise decision — for a number of reasons.
Now that you’re here, you’re most likely eager to blend in with your new neighbors, getting acclimated with the city as quickly as possible. To help you transition to your new title as “Omahan,” here are a handful of ways to quickly act like a local in Omaha. We’re talking about both practical to-dos, like getting a Nebraska ID or registering to vote, and some creative ways to become immersed in the community, like attending events or joining a meetup group.
Let us be the first to welcome you to Omaha!
Get a Nebraska ID + New License Plates
If you’re moving to Nebraska from another state, one of the first things you’ll need to do is get a Nebraska ID and license plates for your vehicles. This will also help you pass as a local when you park in a parking lot and whip out your ID at your neighborhood bar!
If you’ve established a permanent residence in Nebraska, you have 30 days to transfer your current driver’s license, which you learn more about here before visiting a DMV driver licensing office. You also have 30 days after arriving in Nebraska to obtain a title and registration for your vehicles. Here is some information from the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles about how to do both.
Get a Library Card
Why pay for books when you can utilize the incredible resource that is the library? And our library system here in Omaha is exceptional. Omaha Public Library has 12 branch locations throughout the city, each providing endless resources, including books, audiobooks, eBooks and more. Plus, founded in 1857, the library was one of the first six in the nation to create a children’s section. And their dedication to young readers remains, with ongoing events designed for kids happening on a regular basis, from storytime and author visits to workshops and book sales. Get a library card to access all that our library system has to offer!
Learn More About the City
It’s helpful to get to know a city’s quirks and fun facts when you first move there in order to get better acquainted. We’ve compiled a list of interesting fun facts about Omaha as well as some things the city is known for, including steaks, Warren Buffett, the College World Series, and…the invention of the ski lift? Get up to speed on these facts, including both well-known and lesser-known details about our beloved city.
Explore Our Neighborhoods
While we love the excitement of downtown Omaha, it’s the surrounding neighborhoods that show the city’s true personality. Take some time to get to know some of the most popular neighborhoods in Omaha, which each have their own unique set of attractions and amenities, plus a wide variety of homes and apartments. Who knows? You might even find your new neighborhood!
Get Some Sports Gear
Accept it or not, you’re in Huskers territory, now that you live just an hour away from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Not to mention, the many other teams we cheer on in Omaha, like the UNO Mavericks, the Creighton Blue Jays, Union Omaha, and the Omaha Storm Chasers! See our Newcomer’s Sports Guide to Omaha, Nebraska to learn more about our thriving sports culture and pick up some gear to show your support for your new favorite team.
Eat at Local Restaurants
Skip the chain restaurants and tourist magnets and eat where the locals eat — because you’re one of us now! Omaha is packed with a variety of local eateries serving any style of cuisine you could imagine. Any of these beloved restaurants get our stamp of approval!
Join a Gym
Finding a gym is a helpful way to feel more settled once you move to a new city, as you can get into your regular workout routine, take some fun fitness classes, and maybe even get involved in a community of like-minded people. There are plenty of gyms worth joining in the Omaha area, from traditional fitness centers to yoga studios, CrossFit boxes and more.
Attend Community Events
Get plugged into the heartbeat of the community by attending the many events happening throughout the Omaha area on a regular basis. All year long, our city puts on a variety of festivities, from arts festivals to concert series and holiday lighting events to fireworks shows. Follow The Dodge Voice to stay updated on community events happening all year long!
Become a Zoo Member
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is included on every “things to do in Omaha” list — and for good reason! It has consistently ranked among the best zoos in the world for its exceptional exhibits and programs. The zoo is home to thousands of animals from around the globe, as well as 160 acres of exhibits and gardens (including 7 acres of indoor exhibits). This renowned zoo is an incredible amenity for visitors and residents alike, and one of the best ways to get the most out of it is by becoming a member. Zoo members may take advantage of a number of benefits, including free admission, discounted classes and events, discounted admission to more than 100 zoos nationwide, and much more.
Get Your Groceries at the Farmers’ Market
Connect with our agriculturally rich region by getting your fruits and vegetables straight from the source at the many farmers’ markets in the Omaha area. Here, our neighbors and local farmers are sharing their delicious bounty grown just down the road. And we have so many markets popping up throughout the week in a variety of locations, so you’re bound to find one nearby that fits your schedule!
Join a Meetup Group
It can be intimidating to meet new people when you move to a new city. Expedite the process by joining a local meetup group, so you can be introduced to other like-minded individuals. There are plenty of Meetup groups in Omaha focused on a variety of activities, like playing board games, learning Spanish, drinking beer, and more. Get out there and make some new friends while you learn a new skill or do something you love!
Volunteer with or Donate to a Non-Profit
Here at NP Dodge, we are passionate about giving back to the community we have called home for more than 165 years. We do this primarily through Dodge Cares, our non-profit organization focused on supporting a variety of charitable organizations and causes, from local groups to those with a national presence. Consider joining our efforts by giving to any of the organizations we support through Dodge Cares, whether that’s through volunteering, donating resources, or making a monetary donation on a one-time or recurring basis.
Try to avoid the big-box stores and Amazon, if you can — and invest your dollars into our wonderful community. The next time you’re shopping for a new outfit, a gift for a loved one, or something for your home, turn to the many local shops and boutiques in the Omaha area. Here is an extensive list of local shops you can support!
Register to Vote
It’s easy to set aside our civic duties until the next national election rolls around — but our smaller local elections are just as important. This page has everything you need to know about voting in Douglas County, including how to register to vote, lists of candidates, polling locations, and much more.
Buy a House
If you’re debating between renting or buying in Omaha, you’re in good company! There are many reasons to consider buying, especially if you are planning on remaining in the city for at least three years. Plus, it is much easier to provide stability for you and your family when you own your home and know you’ll be stationed somewhere for a while. Studies show that those who own their home are more likely to get involved with their local community, through volunteering, joining neighborhood groups, or simply taking the time to get to know their neighbors.
If you’re interested in buying a home in the Omaha area, we can help with that! Our agents are intimately familiar with the area, including the real estate market and other factors related to living here, including school districts, local attractions, and more. Contact us to begin the process!
Welcome to Omaha!
Let us know if there is anything we can do to help make your transition to Omaha as smooth as possible. Our Relocation team is especially equipped to answer any questions you might have.